Will Hislop
William David Hislop

1993 (age 30–31)
London, England
EducationTonbridge School
Alma materJesus College, Oxford
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, comedian
Parent(s)Ian Hislop
Victoria Hislop

William David Hislop (born 1993) is a British actor, writer, and stand-up comedian.

Early life and education

William David Hislop was born in 1993 in London, England, the son of Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and his wife Victoria.[1][2]

He attended Tonbridge School for his secondary education. He then studied history at Jesus College, Oxford,[3] and alongside Barney Fishwick formed a comedy double act called Giants.[2]


Hislop is an actor, writer, and stand-up comedian.[4]

He was cast in the 2020 TV series Gangs of London, and played Lewis in the 2023 A24 / BBC series Dreaming Whilst Black.[5]

He also features in a number of videos, such as "When you pretend you're not posh", featuring Hislop as a privately-educated individual downplaying his privileged upbringing (reverse snobbery), and "Sexy guy", which is filmed at the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford.[2]


In 2017 he won the UK's Musical Comedy Awards.[6][7]

Social media

In 2020, Hislop's "your aunt on the NHS clap" tweet went viral, gaining 4.2 million views on the platform.[2]


  1. ^ Moss, Stephen (23 September 2011). "Ian Hislop: satirist in chief". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Bickerstaff, Isaac (22 May 2020). "Who is Will Hislop, son of satire royalty Ian Hislop?". Tatler. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs: Will Hislop". The Tab. Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  4. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (18 August 2017). "Edinburgh comedy review: Giants at Pleasance Courtyard". The Times. Retrieved 18 May 2020. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Yossman, K.J. (27 June 2023). "'Dreaming Whilst Black': BBC, A24 & Big Deal Films Series Adds Jessica Hynes, Akemnji Ndifornyen and More (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  6. ^ "Will Hislop wins Musical Comedy Awards 2017". British Comedy Guide. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  7. ^ Bennett, Steve (11 April 2017). "Will Hislop takes Musical Comedy crown". Chortle. Retrieved 26 October 2020.